The weather was superb: 10-12C and the Forsythia were in full flower outdoors! Of course, we're near to the coast...with the Netherlands just to the west and no mountain ranges to stop the warm coastal air from drifting our way. It was so pleasant to shed snow for 1 week (you should try it!)!
We ate at numerous fares around the town, including Egyptian, Chinese, modern German fusion, and of course traditional German. Also, we delighted in visiting the grocery stores, as one never knows what they'll find. Here we found what we have never found in the Czech Republic (other Fulbrighters report the same thing): fresh cilantro (coriander)! We had to bring several boxes of that home for later culinary favorites, of course!
The first night we tried the CUXX Restaurant, located in the Atlantic Congress Hotel. We had free breakfasts there every morning (superb, of course) so thought we'd try the evening meal here before venturing out the rest of the week.
Here, Neil dines on their fresh-roasted lamb shank. What was so unusual about this one was the use of fresh leeks in the dish. The end of the bone is stuffed with a fresh leek leaf (festive), and the thin slivers of white, basal leeks are used as a garnish. It added a great lift to the deep, intense lamb flavors. We have liked the use of chopped fresh leeks; in the Czech Republic one can often find open-faced sandwiches with a garnish of fresh leeks. Use them sparingly, as they're a bit more 'oniony' in flavor than scallions!
Then, it was on to desserts... Mark choosing the trinity of vanilla and chocolate mousse garnished with a pansy flower. The center dessert was a crisp vanilla cookie topped with a scoop of handmade raspberry sorbet with lime, a garnish of mint, and hand-rolled chocolate sticks. Then followed by a dish of poached blueberries, black currants and cherries, with aromas of Grand Marnier mingling throughout.
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